A Texas mom asked her local school board to allow her “transgender” daughter to use the girl’s bathroom, reported KSAT 12. School policy requires transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their birth certificate, but the school also has gender neutral bathroom options available.
The five-year-old has been living as a girl for two years, and her mother Kim Shappley believes that not using the girls’ bathroom would affect her well being.
“Please understand I’m not fighting about bathrooms, I’m fighting about her life, I’m fighting about her well-being, I’m fighting for her happiness, I’m fighting for her future,” Shappley said at the board meeting.
The Pearland Independent School District, where the child attends, released a statement on the matter.
Pearland ISD’s stance on transgender students remains children whose parents declare them transgender must go to the bathroom for the sex indicated on their birth certificate. Such students have also been allowed to use a private bathroom (such as in the nurse’s station) if they are so inclined. All Pearland ISD kindergarten classrooms have a private, gender-neutral bathroom within the classroom for student use.